Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th May 2010 23:22 UTC
Multimedia, AV There's an incredible amount of momentum behind Google's WebM Project. Opera, Mozilla, and of course Google will all include it in their browsers by default, meaning about 35% of web users will be able to use it with a minimal amount of fuss. On top of that, Microsoft has changed its previously announced plans to make HTML5 video in Internet Explorer 9 H264-only to include VP8 as well. Only Apple's opinion was unclear - until now.
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RE: Patents not quality
by Luis on Fri 21st May 2010 12:16 UTC in reply to "Patents not quality"
Luis
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2006-04-28

While people seem to be commenting on the quality aspect of the link that Steve Jobs linked to, this may be missing the bigger menace.

It may be more a veiled threat about patents which the blog suggested that VP8 could potentially infringe.

I would love to see a good quality comparison between the codece though - kind of like the theora "improvements" that monty from Xiph did to show the improvements.


He did comment a few things in his blog. I asked about the quality of VP8 and this is what he said:

Quality of the format: Theora was good enough and VP8 is solidly better than Theora (even current Ptalar). So, awesome, it's a pretty pure win.

I know everyone wants a 'but how does it compare to h.264' answer, or more specifically 'how does it compare to x264'. A: Total red herring; none of the orgs with money involved care much about that answer. It's only good for trash talking, not actually winning a fight. B: I don't actually know for sure yet. We've been concentrating on evaluating the spec and the codebase quality rather than drag racing it, because pinning VP8's success on a size contest completely misses the point.

Theora was already beating some h.264 encoders out there (no, not x.264) and VP8 at very least already beats more. As far as the sourcebase goes, it raises the ceiling over Theora on how far we can improve things. Neither h.264 nor VP8 will be holding still.

...but once I have a clearer picture of the answer to B, I'll still fess up ;-) Chances are the answer is 'about the same', at least right now. We'll see.


He also has comments about the spec and the patents:
http://xiphmont.livejournal.com/50239.html

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